EARLY BIRD: Will Suggs strong season be wasted?

EARLY BIRD: Will Suggs strong season be wasted?
November 8, 2013, 8:00 am
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Are the Ravens ready to turn it around?

Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) reacts after sacking Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (not pictured) during their game at Sun Life Stadium.

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EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens, as they prepare for Sunday’s game against the Bengals. 

Two-minute topic: Will a strong season by Terrell Suggs be wasted?

OWINGS MILLS – Tied for fifth in the NFL with nine sacks, and playing solidly against the run as well, Terrell Suggs is having a stellar season for the Ravens. Yet, with the team at 3-5, and in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007, Suggs would trade his sacks for victories.

“The big picture is that we’re 3-5, and we don’t like that,” Suggs said. “We don’t like the feeling.”

Suggs (foot) did not practice Thursday, giving the Ravens something else to worry about. He looked fine walking around the locker room before practice, and it seemed unlikely he would miss a game as important as Sunday’s. However, like all teams, the Ravens are showing wear and tear from the season. Two other starters missed Thursday’s practice – linebacker Daryl Smith (thigh) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (groin). More would be learned about their status after Friday’s practice.

After the Ravens lost to the Steelers in Week 7, Suggs said the Ravens were in a state of emergency. But the team did not respond, losing again to the Browns last week. Suggs didn’t speak with the media after that game, but by Wednesday, he had a more optimistic outlook.

“We know any of these games can be the one where it finally clicks for us and we start playing like we know we can,” Suggs said. “We’re just holding on to that. Every man involved is going to do whatever it takes to get this thing rolling in the right direction.”

Suggs is doing his part. He just needs more help.

Morning thought: “Last year at this time, after eight games we were 6-2 and statistically terrible. And now we are in the top 10 in about every category, but we’re 3-5. I’d rather take the 6-2 and crappy.” – Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees on the Ravens’ defense.

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